What Pongal is all about? Everything you need to know!
January 22, 2018
Pongal fills every nook of southern India with fun. This festival is all about joyous celebration that expresses gratitude towards the God sun and Lord Indra too for bountiful harvest. The festival does not only fill everyone with a true sense of enjoyment but also encourages people to remember the unconditional contribution of cows in nourishing our lives.
The castles especially cows and bullocks are worshiped and pampered by the folks. The festival is all about showing your love and dedication towards nature, sun, and cattle. Pongal is a four-day long festival that holds special significance in the lives of people in South India. Pongal is celebrated with contentment and revelry throughout South India mainly in Tamil Nadu.
Four Days of Pongal
The four-day celebration is connected with the end of winter and many other festivals that have their roots in the legends. Willing to know why it is celebrated for four days? Read on to know what this 4-day long festival actually is.
Day 1: Bhogi Pongal
The Bhogi Pongal is the first day when celebration begins. This day symbolizes a fresh start and fills people with enthusiasm. The day begins by keeping waste and unwanted things out of the house. The house is whitewashed and bonfire is lit to keep the evil spirits away from the house.
Day 2: Pongal Day
The second day, Pongal Day is celebrated in the honor of sun and its blessed sunshine. The newly harvested rice, moong dal, and jaggery is cooked in ‘Pongapani’, which is a traditional decorated pot. The entire family cheers “PongalO Pongal” and expresses thanks for the good harvest.
Day 3: Mattu Pongal
The cattles are worshiped on the third day. The Mattu Pongal is dedicated to providing the cattles with respect. People celebrate the Mattu Pongal by decorating cows and the bullock for reaping a magnanimous harvest.
Day 4: Kaanum Pongal
Kaanum Pongal lets you enjoy visiting family and friends. At the last of Pongal, people gather at panic spots to enjoy and rejoice the festivity.
The sun and earthen pot symbolizes the great joy of the festival. There is also a great significance of kollams. The Kollam is the decorative artwork that has a great importance during the festival. This artwork is done with rice flour, yellow pumpkin flowers and other beautiful colors. Coming of Pongal means coming of joy. Now, be ready to have fun and feel the vibes of energy and love in the air during this 4 day festival.